Man In Hot Water With Cops for Refusing to Use ‘Chichi’ Starbucks’ Term

By Pug Ransom

Published May 14th, 2017

COLONIE — An Albany man was charged by police Friday in connection with a traffic jam along Wolf Road, which authorities said was created by his refusal to say the word ‘Venti’ at a Starbucks drive thru.

Treat Ballswag, 38, was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance for “recklessly creating a situation that posed a danger to others,” said Colonie Police spokesman Thaddeus Gastric.

“Mr. Ballswag, through his stubbornness, put the lives of other motorists at risk by causing the line of cars that formed behind him in the drive thru to snake all the way out of the parking lot and down Wolf Road, and snarling the merging traffic from Exit 4 off 87,” Gastric said.

“He showed no regard for the safety of others. He’s very lucky no one was hurt or he’d be facing more serious charges.”

Ballswag was issued an appearance ticket on the misdemeanor charge and released. He is due in town court May 23.

When reached by the Smudge at his home Saturday, Ballswag showed no remorse.

“What, all of a sudden the words ‘small,’ ‘medium’ and ‘large’ are too pedestrian for a chichi place like Starbucks? Gimme a fucking break,” he said. “Where I come from, you go around saying ‘Grande’ or ‘Venti’ and you get your ass kicked. This is America, and last time I looked, a ‘medium’ was a ‘medium’ and a ‘large’ was still a ‘large.’

“This ain’t France,” Ballswag added. “In fact, this is the very type of PC nonsense that got Trump elected. ‘Venti’ — what the fuck is that? It’s all part of the pussification of America. That’s what it is. Well, my dick ain’t tucked, honey, and I ain’t playing.”


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